The Fly Fisher’s Place has been a fixture in the quaint town of Sisters, Oregon for nearly 25 years, and is the longest continuously owned shop in all of central Oregon. Jeff Perin, owner of The Fly Fisher’s Place, purchased it 20 years ago, fulfilling a life-long dream of owning a shop just like the ones he started working in during high school.
“I started out stocking shelves in a flyfishing shop as a teenager, and held on to the dream of owning my own store all through college and beyond,” said Perin. “I never wanted to do anything else.” Located amidst a multitude of pristine central Oregon lakes and rivers, Perin has created a store that welcomes visitors with a focus on quality gear for the serious flyfisher and the beginner alike. The shop boasts one of the largest fly selections in the region and well-stocked displays include brands such as Sage, Winston, Simms, Patagonia, Hatch, Abel, Ross, Galvan, Lamson, Redington, Beulah, Outcast, RIO, Scientific Anglers, and much more. The staff has decades of combined experience, both in the sport and in the business, and are able to assist customers with finding the sweet spots for fishing in the area.
Perin continued, “I’ve been fishing here for more than 30 years and look forward to fishing my favorites year after year, as well as discovering new places. I must admit, after fishing waters all over the world, my favorite place is the Metolius River, which is only 15 miles from the shop. It’s a challenging river with monster hatches through the summer and fall. In short, it’s amazing. I love coming home to the Metolius.”
While guided trips aren’t allowed on the Metolius, interested anglers can stop in the shop for a tip, or to book a trip to one of 40 other destinations the Fly Fisher’s Place specializes in. It has 11 guides on staff that can help anglers create their own fishing adventure. Guides are experts on blue-ribbon waters such as the Deschutes, Crooked, and McKenzie Rivers, as well as multiple area lakes. The Fly Fisher’s Place guided trips are a great way to explore new waters, and rediscover old favorites.
Jeff Jackson, a writer for Travel Northwest Magazine, recounted his experience fishing with one of the guides from the Fly Fisher’s Place. “As we pulled up to the takeout, I could not have been happier. I got a chance to see some beautiful country, try my hand at fishing and watch one of the purest forms of fishing demonstrated by an expert.”
Visitors to the Fly Fisher’s Place can come pick the brain of whomever is behind the desk for some personal knowledge of the region, book a guided trip to just about anywhere, or simply sit on the front porch swing, watching the town go by and swapping fishing stories with other enthusiasts. for more information, see flyfishersplace.com.